CasesReviews

NFC Systems S4 Mini Review

The Mini-ITX case market has seen significant growth in the last few years, from small upstarts and titans of industry alike. However, finding the proper balance between features and size still seems to be a tough nut for most case manufactures to crack.  It is with this backdrop that we see NFC Systems step in, with the S4 Mini.  A case that seems – on paper, at least – like it could be one of the best small form factor mITX solutions on the market today. Can a tiny manufacturer really topple giants like Fractal and Lian Li? Well, there’s …
CoolingReviews

Passive Cooling – An Experiment

One of the major issues we come across when building our Small Form Factor systems is cooling. There just never seems to be enough space to cool our systems efficiently and quietly without investing major effort, or considerable expense. With proper design and creativity, however, good cooling can be had. And it was with this goal in mind that I was very intrigued upon re-discovering SlipperySkip’s ‘Ayr’ passive cooled SFF HTPC. SlipperySkip’s all-wood build was based around a Gigabyte Z77N-Wifi M-ITX motherboard, an Intel Core i3-3225, a 150w Pico-PSU and a Silverstone Heligon HE02. The CPU choice here is important, as passive cooling is …
MiscReviews

Noctua’s Chromax Range – Colourise Your System

Noctua has, since their inception in 2005, stuck with a set “coffee and cream” colour scheme across their entire product line… until now. Noctua’s new Chromax range – along with the Redux and IndustrialPPC line of fans, reviewed by us a while ago – adds some much needed variety to Noctua’s stable. With the prevalence of beautifully themed builds nowadays, this is certainly a positive design choice, to say the least. In the Chromax range, there are two product types, both made from quality vibration absorbing soft silicone. Firstly is the NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads. These pads are available in red, blue, green, …
CoolingReviews

High End Downdraft – How Does the Noctua NH-L12 Compare?

Sometimes, downdraft cooling is the best option for a SFF build. Tower coolers don’t cool memory, chipset or any other board components particularly well. Downdraft coolers also have the added advantage of being able to act as an intake for slimmer cases – enabling you to use one less fan – making for a quieter system. Noctua has many downdraft style coolers, but the NH-L12 is one of their largest, second only to the not so small NH-C14S (which can hit 142mm tall!). The NH-L12 is a dual fan cooler, which includes both a NF-F12 PWM and a NF-B9 PWM fan. …
CoolingReviews

NH-D9L – Mini Tower for your Mini Tower

Sometimes, you just need a tower cooler. Maybe the airflow design of your case needs front to back cooling, or maybe you just need to get the heat out of the top of the chassis. The problem we come across in the world of SFF is that a full sized tower cooler will quite likely not fit! In walks the Noctua NH-D9L, a shorter tower cooler that will fit in a lot more cases than the usual 120mm or bigger towers. Featuring a single 92mm fan, the NH-D9L will of course not outperform it’s larger brethren, but with the included …
Cases

GEEEK A10 – Plastic Fantastic

Case manufacturers today have a litany of materials available to them to build a computer chassis with. They vary from the common steel and aluminum boxes, to more exotic wood and acrylic ones that have risen in popularity. And with today’s product review, of the GEEEK A10, we find a case made from the latter material – acrylic. GEEEK is a Taiwan-based case manufacturer that specialises in acrylic based PC cases, and the company has a few different designs, covering ATX, M-ATX and M-ITX. In the past, they’ve even produced a chassis for the failed VIA APC form factor! Additionally, one …
Power SuppliesReviews

Corsair SF600 Review – A New Player Has Joined

Welcome to this review of the highly anticipated Corsair SF600 SFX power supply! The SF600 is a 600W SFX form factor power supply, with Gold-rated efficiency, fully modular cables, all-Japanese capacitors, and a semi-passive 92mm fan. The SF600, along with the SF450, is part of the new SF Series of power supplies from Corsair, hopefully the first of many SFF-orientated units from the company. A disclaimer first before we get started though, SFF Network does not currently possess the expertise or equipment to fully test the electrical performance of PC power supplies and as such this article should not be the sole …
CoolingReviews

Redux and Industrial PPC, Not Your Usual Noctua Fans

Noctua’s fans have been produced in the same shades of Coffee and Cream since the company launched in 2005, much to the chagrin of many within the PC enthusiast community. While some saw the colours as a distinct brand, and thus a signature fitting for a premium product, many saw the colours as not particularly eye-pleasing, if not generally incompatible with the colours used in other components. Still, Noctua held to its trademark livery for quite some time, showing that they were focused more on performance than aesthetics. Recently, though, Noctua has launched two new styles of fan: the Industrial PPC and Redux product …
Cases

Realan W-60 HTPC Case Review

Mac Mini, anyone? Say what you want about the value and utility of their products, but Apple arguably has the best design team in the industry. Which, of course, explains why companies always seem to be trying to mimic them – with our case on-deck, the Realan W-60, being the latest in a long line of Mac Mini-ish, m-ITX HTPC cases. Case Design The case shell is comprised of three 3.5mm thick aluminum pieces. The top and bottom panels can be separated from the sides via easily accessible screws, and the case itself measures in at a tiny 200 x 60 …
CoolingReviews

Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 – A Slim Competitor

When it comes to cooling, fan thickness seems to be a standard that manufacturers almost never stray from, with the vast majority of coolers going with 25mm fans or bust. However, with the Scythe Slim Silence, and now the Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12, that fact has slowly been changing as the performance of thin fans improves, and enclosures begin to necessitate such tighter profiles – indeed, with modern fan motors and blade designs, good performance is still possible even after shaving 10mm (a full 40%) off! Today, then, we are looking at Prolimatech’s own slim fan offering, the Ultra Sleek Vortex 12. …
CoolingReviews

Noctua Fan Roundup

Noctua has been producing high-end fans since the company’s inception in 2005, and today we’ll be looking at – count’em – four of their products, which will form a basis of a standard testing kit for future cooler and chassis reviews. Today, we have on our review bench the NF-P12 PWM, NF-A9 PWM, NF-A8 PWM, and the tiny NF-A4x10 FLX. These products all have high quality construction, some premium touches, and feature many of Noctua’s famed design and engineering features. So, let’s dive in! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] NF-P12 PWM Firstly, we will look at the NF-P12 PWM. This 120x25mm fan is Noctua’s ‘mainstay’ fan, …
Cases

Logic Supply MC600 Review

On the one hand, the mini-ITX market has been expanding at a fairly rapid rate as of late. Quite a few major manufacturers are now developing new mITX cases, which is great news, in and of itself – but a lot of these cases seem to be ignoring the “small” in small form factor. For example, the Fractal Design Node 202 and Silverstone RVZ02 do a good job of cutting some lbs. compared to cases like the Bitfenix Prodigy, and the recently launched Fractal Design Define Nano S. However for some of us, they are still not small enough. In the other hand, we have Logic …